This book needed an editor who would have eliminated the repetition - introductions, songs, endless cave drawing descriptions, etc.A reader who read and spoke as though the characters were intelligent adults.
The least animated voice I've heard on audible.
Disappointed that the quality of the story didn't match the earlier books in the series. With the earlier books, I had trouble putting them down. This time - over half way through the book --I'm fast forwarding through section after section to see if the storyline of the overall saga is wrapped up.
I didn't look to see if this came in an unabridged version - if not would recommend it did.
Someone who has already visited all of these caves and read book 5 at least several years earlier.
Impatience (I had to re-read many long sections re-telling parts of prior books)
If 5 or 10 years had passed since I finished the last book, the long sections lifted from earlier books would not bother me as much.
Unbelievably long.Very little story and unending descriptions that were of little interest.
Could not even compare to her previous novels
A valiant effort
I would edit out two thirds
I'm not sure why I persevered to the end. It was mind numbing
This is a disaster! I loved the first books so much that as soon as this started I almost cried. Voices different. Not a little but drastically so. IT DOES NOT WORK. Makes them sound dumb and they most defiantly are not. I stopped listening after 10 mins. So sad to ruin a good story. Sounds forced and phony. Go back to the original. Very sad
I enjoyed the attention to anthropological detail. I read "The Clan of the Cave Bear" and all the others long ago and fell in love with anthropology as a result.
I had forgotten how repetitive the author is -- as though every chapter must stand entirely on its own! It gets annoying. The sex scenes used to be steamy, but the repetition grew stale. It came across more like a classroom lecture than a novel.
Yes and no. The descriptions of the paleolithic sites, and the speculation concerning how humans and Neandertals lived are fascinating. The expository writing style can wear thin, if you're looking for a fast-paced novel, however.
Ms. Burr does a fine job making each voice of the many, many characters as distinct as possible. I could hear the different ages of the children, for example, as she moved from a 5 year old to a teenager. The choice of giving Ayla a sort of Russian sound was good, and choosing the softer sounds of something proto-French for the "Southern Zelandonii" was also inspired. I'm happy that everyone else spoke "normally," however.
Honestly I only listened to this because I made it this far. It seems like for more than about 50% of this book she repeated things already said. The book could have been cut in half and we still would not have missed anything. It got kind of annoying.
So much was boring because of to much reiteration from previous books. Yes it was a waste of my time.
none al all. would have had historical value if origin of art was known.
her Ala accent was really terrible. She made a strong & able woman sound like a weakling * a wimp.
Yes, don't read this book it is a drag. She should have ended the series with the previous book.
Less repetition, more character development.
Not fond of her accents, or her male character voices.
I have finished the series, and that was the goal when I downloaded this last book. I kind of knew what I was getting myself into.